Dr. Xu Nie, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, was recently selected as ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) North Texas Section. The award will be celebrated at the Texas Society of Professional Engineers’ 9th Annual Engineers Week Awards Luncheon, February 25, 2016.
The ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award recognizes individuals whose early career contributions in the field of mechanical engineering advance ASME’s activities and emphasize service to its North Texas Section. Recipients must be within ten years of having received their Ph.D.
“Dr. Nie’s selection by ASME’s North Texas Section as ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ is a well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Ali Beskok, chair of Lyle’s Mechanical Engineering Department. “He is a great engineer and a highly respected scholar in experimental solid mechanics and impact mechanics. We are proud to have such outstanding faculty advancing our department.”
Dr. Nie received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 and his Ph.D. in materials engineering from Purdue University in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he conducted post-doctoral research at Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr. Nie served as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas for three years prior to joining SMU-Lyle in 2015. His current research focuses on experimental solid mechanics, impact mechanics, dynamic behavior of materials and structures, novel Kolsky bar-based high-strain rate characterization techniques, dynamic fracture and failure of brittle materials, soft materials and tissues, vehicle and body armors, non-destructive damage characterization in heterogeneous materials, and X-ray computed micro-tomography.
Dr. Nie has authored/coauthored 31 journal articles and received over $1.3 million in research funding from multiple DOD and DOE agencies, including Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). He served as a visiting professor at AFRL Munition Directorate, Eglin AFB, FL for the summers of 2014 and 2015.
To learn more about Dr. Nie’s work, please visit the Mechanical Engineering Department.
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